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Regional Knowledge Forum on Drought

8-10 October 2018

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), under the framework of the SERVIR initiative, are organizing a three-day Regional Knowledge Forum on Earth Observation and Climate Services for Food Security and Agricultural Decision Making in South and Southeast Asia. The forum will review and assess existing national practices and policies related to drought monitoring and forecasting, crop monitoring and agriculture advisory services, and cross learning relevant to countries in the HKH and the lower Mekong regions.

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Science Applications



Training and capacity building are integral parts of the SERVIR-HKH initiative. The initiative organizes trainings in the development and use of science applications for partner institutions and end users to maximize the benefit of Earth observation information and geospatial technology in the region. The initiative provides technical support and conducts customized trainings and shares opportunities according to the need of its regional partners.

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The main objective of SERVIR activities in Afghanistan is to provide technical assistance to the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) by improving the use of technology in water resources, agriculture water use and irrigation management and decision making. The activities are aligned With Strengthening Watershed And Irrigation Management (SWIM) proposal to provide capacity building and technical assistance to improve intra-GIRoA collaboration in natural resource management.

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A joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations worldwide to help developing countries use information provided by earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. SERVIR empowers decision-makers with tools, products, and services to act locally on climate-sensitive issues such as disasters, agriculture, water, and ecosystems and land use. SERVIR is improving awareness, increasing access to information and supporting analysis to help people in Africa, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), the Lower Mekong, and Mesoamerica manage challenges in the areas of food security, water resources, land use change, and natural disasters.